Redhook rolls back the clock to 1981

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the Redhook 30th Birthday Party. You might be thinking, “Tickets?” You might also be thinking, “On sale?” While it may seem a bit odd to buy tickets for a birthday party, this isn’t an ordinary birthday party. This is a big deal. The party takes place at the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville on September 17th and will feature some serious entertainment intended to roll back the clock to 1981. Tickets are available at the brewery (at Forecasters) and from the Redhook website starting on Friday, July 8th.

Nothing marks time better than music. Transporting partygoers back to the days when the whole craft beer revolution began in (among other places) an old transmission shop in Ballard, where the very first batches of Redhook were born, Redhook will mark its birthday with a concert featuring some heavyweights from back in the day.

Are We Not Men?

Devo is headlining the show. Yes, that Devo. As if there’s another Devo. As if there is anything even vaguely like Devo. Nothing says 1981 better than “Whip it, whip it good!” Devo’s interpretation of (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction is both genius and disturbing. The Psychedelic Furs and Tom Tom Club open the show.

To jog your memory, the Psychedelic Furs’ big hits were Love My Way and Heartbreak Beat. Along with some success on the radio and MTV, you might remember Love My Way from the 1983 film Valley Girl – the slightly off-center cult classic staring an incredibly young Nicholas Cage.

Tom Tom Club is, basically, what the Talking Heads do when David Byrne is away. Formed as a side project  by Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, Tom Tom Club never really had any big hits, but they were very influential. For what it’s worth, music by Tom Tom Club has been sampled, remixed and reproduced by many artists ranging from Mariah Carey to Grandmaster Flash.

Enough with the history lesson. Here are the details about the party:


Redhook’s 30th Birthday Party Tickets on sale July 8

DEVO to Headline this Celebration of the‘80s

Woodinville, Wash, July 6, 2011 – Join Redhook Brewery for his 30th birthday and party like it’s 1981. The monumental birthday, held Sept. 17, will be headlined by ‘80s rock band Devo and opening acts: The Psychedelic Furs and Tom Tom Club, with special guest, Mitten. The event is expected to attract thousands of craft beer and music lovers from across the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to live music, the birthday celebration will offer food and Redhook beer including a special beer being released just for the occasion. Tickets for Redhook’s 30th birthday go on sale Friday, July 8 and are $30 when purchased in advance, $40 at the door. The party will be open to adults 21 years of age and older. Tickets will be available for purchase at Forecasters Public House, located at Redhook Brewery, and online at

Redhook Brewery’s 30th Birthday Party

  • 21 and over, general admission, celebration of the ‘80s.
  • Featuring headlining musical guest Devo
  • Redhook beer and food from Forecasters Public House will be available

Saturday, Sept. 17
Gates open at 3 p.m.
Music begins at 4:30 p.m.

Redhook Brewery
14300 N.E. 145th Street
Woodinville, WA 98072

Thousands of food, music and beer lovers from around Pacific Northwest

Available July 8 at the Forecasters Public House at Redhook Brewery or online at

$30 advance / $40 day of show

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  1. Tom Tom Club had no big hits? This New Wave girl has huge, fond memories of Genius of Love. (Oh great, now it’s stuck in my head…. James Brown? James Brown.)

  2. @dekruk: Didn’t want to distract people with all the memories that Pretty in Pink conjures for so many children of the 80s. Give me credit for the Valley Girl reference. Not a John Hughes flick, but like totally awesome.

    @Mrs. Beer Blog: No sympathy. I’ve got “There’s a heartbreak beat playin’ all night long down on my street…” stuck in my head.

  3. . . . and back when Devo’s “Satisfaction” came out Mick Jagger said it was the best cover version he’d ever heard.

  4. I was just a Jr. High kid, but I remember Devo performing Satisfaction on Saturday Night Live. I have since learned that Devo appeared on SNL one week after the Rolling Stones had appeared on SNL. It was 1978 and Devo was sending a clear shot across the bow, warning the world that things were about to change. And they did.

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